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Web Soil Survey Demonstrated to New Customers

Web Soil Survey Demonstrated to New Customers

Story by Jamey Douglass

On March 9th and 10th, 2010, James Gordon and Jamey Douglass, Soil Scientists from the Texas State Office, promoted the NRCS Soil Survey program in Mesquite Texas. Web Soil Survey was demonstrated to individual and corporate members of the Texas Onsite Wastewater Association, at their annual meeting. The sponsoring organization was the Texas Onsite Wastewater Association (TOWA). The Mesquite Convention Center was the site, and the turnout was excellent. The members of TOWA install, evaluate, maintain, and sell products related to the on-site sewage facilities (OSSF) in Texas.

The 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference was where folks who use soil in various ways, came to get an understanding of Web Soil Survey. Site Evaluators are tasked with classifying the soils into four categories defined by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Once the soil has been classified, the appropriate OSSF is designed and installed. Web Soil Survey was demonstrated as a tool to provide soil information and sanitary facilities interpretations.

On Tuesday March 9th, James Gordon, Assistant State Soil Scientist, himself a licensed Site Evaluator, with the TCEQ, presented an hour-long demonstration. The room was filled to capacity for this presentation. It was estimated about 300 members were in attendance.

Later that day, James Gordon provided hands-on training to about 37 participants. A classroom was set up and laptop computers were available to those who participated in the Web Soil Survey (WSS) training. Everyone that attended the training said that Web Soil Survey is a very useful tool in their business and that the training was helpful, providing them information on how to navigate the website quicker and easier. .

Jamey Douglass spent both days of the conference at the USDA-NRCS booth providing an on-going demonstration of Web Soil Survey. Also available were promotional items with the NRCS and Web Soil Survey logo for the attendees. A hot ticket item was the USDA-NRCS Soil Survey and Web Soil Survey square yardstick. With so many people in attendance, all the promotional items were gone in a very short time.

Many folks came by the booth and got a first-hand demonstration of Web Soil Survey for their home sites, work project locations, and previous work areas. They learned about soils, soil interpretations, and thematic maps. Several folks came by the booth to offer their testimonials about using WSS, and had additional questions. A few folks had specific soil questions for Jamey Douglass, Soil Scientist.

About 180 folks came by the booth, from Installers, site evaluators, designated representatives, industry, and government representatives. WSS was demonstrated to about 40 persons at the USDA-NRCS booth.

Janet Meyers, President of the TOWA, came by the booth to express her appreciation to the USDA-NRCS and the information provided about WSS. She asked us to participate next year.

James Gordon, Assistant State Soil Scientist, giving Web Soil Survey presentation to attendees of the 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference, March 9, 2010, at the Mesquite Conference Center.

Jamey Douglass, Soil Scientist, discussing Web Soil Survey at the 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference, at the Mesquite Conference Center on March 9th, 2010.

James Gordon, Assistant State Soil Scientist, giving Web Soil Survey presentation to attendees of the 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference, March 9, 2010, at the Mesquite Conference Center.

Jamey Douglass, Soil Scientist, discussing Web Soil Survey at the 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference, at the Mesquite Conference Center on March 9th, 2010.

Web Soil Survey thematic map being demonstrated to the attendees of the 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference. The conference was held on March 8-10th, 2010 at the Mesquite Conference Center.  

Web Soil Survey thematic map being demonstrated to the attendees of the 18th Annual Texas On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Conference. The conference was held on March 8-10th, 2010 at the Mesquite Conference Center.